DRC High Tech Center
Gavilan's High Tech Center provides specialized courses, assistive software,
adaptive equipment and trained staff to empower students
with disabilities to meet their educational goals. The skills and knowledge
a student gains in the High Tech Center can be taken to other campuses, universities
and ultimately, to the work place.
The key to computer access is Assistive Computer Technology, hardware and
software designed to provide effective, independent interaction between an
individual with a disability and the computer. This new technology uses specialized
hardware and software modifications to enhance student productivity. The technology,
for example, permits blind students to "read" the screen, students
with physical disabilities who cannot use their hands to "type" with
their voice, and students with learning disabilities to improve their writing
and reading comprehension.
Who Can Benefit?
- Students with low vision can enlarge text and graphics on the monitor.
- Students who are blind can use a screen reading program that reads
the screen aloud via speech synthesizer.
- Students with visual impairments and students with reading difficulties
may learn to use a program that scans text and reads it aloud.
- Students with reading difficulties may use a program, which highlights
their writing on the monitors as it reads it aloud.
- Students with learning disabilities may use automatic spelling and grammar
checkers to improve their writing skills.
- Students with severe physical disabilities may learn to use a speech recognition
system or assistive software/equipment to access the computer.
Assistive Computer Technologies & Adaptive Equipment List
Assistive Technology Courses Offered:
Course Requirements: All these courses are intended for students
with a verified disability that show a need for the use of assistive computer
programs, adaptive equipment or demonstrated academic deficit.
CSIS 570 Computer
Access Evaluation: This course is designed to provide the
student with an in-depth computer access evaluation in order to determine an
appropriate access environment.
CSIS 571 Computer
Assisted Instruction: This course is an Assistive Computer
Technology Lab designed for students who are eligible for Disability Resource
Services. The course is designed to improve their basic academic, computer
or cognitive skills through the use of appropriate software or to learn
assistive devices designed to make computers accessible.
CSIS 572 Adaptive
Computer Basics: This self-paced course includes an introduction
to the basic concept of how computers work, using the computer keyboard, word
processing, computer ethics and presentation graphics.